Broken Column

Broken Column, 2018. Mixed Media
Broken Column, 2018. Mixed Media

The idea for this work derives from a true story in the life of the French artist Gustave Courbet when he oversaw as commissioner for culture of the Paris Commune the demolition of the Vendme Column. This rather absurd episode of the disassembly of the column was imprinted on the engravings of the time. Paperno’s Column is an ironic note and the absolute inversion of a ruin that spreads horizontally, starts crawling, is absorbed and becomes embedded in the surface.

The work was made specially for exhibition “Self-Love among the Ruins”

Exhibition “Self-Love among the Ruins” at Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
Curated by Ekaterina Inozemtseva
November 13–December 13, 2018
Exhibition views by Anastasia Soboleva